There was a problem adding your email address. Historian Oshinsky A Conspiracy So Immense, draws on materials ranging from court records and blues lyrics of black women prisoners to the novels of William Faulkner for this thoroughgoing history of Parchman Farm, Miss. Oshinsky traces Parchman Farm's evolution during Mississippi's frontier days, when lawlessness and violence made the later Wild West seem tame by comparison, and after the Civil War, when civic society broke down and a fifth of the state budget went to the purchase of artificial limbs for broken--and desperate--veterans who too often wound up behind bars. A disproportionate number of Parchman's residents, however, were black, and Oshinsky is particularly good at tracing the decline of African-American fortunes in the late 19th century, when, as a contemporary observer noted, "however these [white Mississippians] may have regarded the negro slave, they hated the negro freeman.
Nothing but example after example of how cruel and unforgiving our supposedly free and equal society can be to a group of people for a completely arbitrary reason. The descriptions of the lynchings and prison conditions and ordeals were all disturbing, but what was most disturbing was that so many individual people had the exact same experience.
Another book that sort of makes you hate yourself for what your ancestors did. While readers get an excellent look at how this penal institution functioned and the egregious abuses of the prison, Mr.
Oshinsky also supplies excellent context for the institution within Mississippi's historical mistreatment of African Americans. Many horrific details and events are related, but I found the book extremely readable and much less grueling than Slavery By Another Nam In truth, the topic of this outstanding book is considerably broader than the infamous Parchman Farm penitentiary.
Many horrific details and events are related, but I found the book extremely readable and much less grueling than Slavery By Another Name, Douglas Blackmon's work which deals specifically with the convict lease system.Worse Than Slavery by David M.
Oshinsky - In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race Released on: April 22, In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and lausannecongress2018.comalized in blues songs and movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones, Mississippi’s infamous Parchman State Penitentiary was, in the pre-civil rights south, synonymous with 4/5(4).
Worse Than Slavery By David M. Oshinsky In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and lausannecongress2018.comed on: April 22, "Worse Than Slavery was a gripping but difficult novel for me.
The sheer brutality in the treatment of people, and the despair that came post-Civil War catches me off-guard when I /5.
Apr 04, · Worse Than Slavery focuses on the infamous Parchman Farm, a prison farm in Mississippi. Parchman was work camp you were lucky to survive and the stories of how people got there, why the farm was useful for the Mississippi government and what the experience of life on the f This book is a must read on the Jim Crow era/5.
In his book, Worse Than Slavery, Oshinsky documents the rise and fall of the Southern penal farm. By exposing Parchman Farm, the current state penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta that was once a huge cotton plantation, he vividly captures a seldom mentioned shameful history of South.